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Selfish, lazy, climate teens

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OPINION: I think life peaks at about 17. After that, you have to be a rich kid whose parents pay for your uni courses or you don't get school holidays any more.

I really, really miss school holidays. Doesn't everyone? Some say that's the reason I quit my job to become a part-time columnist and fulltime student.

When I was at school, the July holidays were the perfect time for snacks, TV and rediscovering old computer games. This week would have been a good time for Guitar Hero. Instead, I'm walking through Auckland City after work. The road hasn't even dried from this morning's showers, it's been cold and grey. I'd rather be inside than out.

And as the sun sets on Karangahape Rd, a group of annoyingly upbeat teens pull me out of my post-work zombie-like state. Look at them, without a care in the world. Smoking a pack of cigarettes, loitering, drawing out their two weeks of fun before the school term starts again. How I envy them.

* Lucy Gray - leader, climate change activist, schoolgirl
* Meet Stuff's guest editor: 17-year-old climate change activist Mia Sutherland
* High school student explains School Strike 4 Climate NZ to her elders

But, wait a minute, if I just took some time to listen to these kids maybe I'd find my assumptions are all wrong?


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